A new hand has been dealt, the game has changed but the stakes remain the same. Fate tempts me with its’ winds of change, and what once was thought lost forever may once again be within reach. This time I tread carefully however, as my recklessness may once again be the bane of my quest. Hold my hands close to my chest, bide my time, and see what the fates have in store for our hero…
Sir Alexander Alix, quintessential Pisay trigo and calculus teacher, passed away recently due to cirrhosis of the liver. There’s a service for him at Pisay tomorrow, Dec. 3, Friday. Since I doubt I can go, I’ll say my piece here.
Alix was a helluva guy. Friendly and gets well with the students. And he gave high grades. Seriously. He gave me flat 1.0s (highest possible grade) for all four quarters of fourth year math. Now, not to brag, when I was in high school, math was my thing. Seriously, I could breeze through my high school math classes in my sleep. And few of my batch mates will contradict me when I say I was one of the best, if not the best in math in our batch. (That last part is debatable, some people might contest it. :p) The point of this is not me bragging, since I do that often, it’s nothing special. No, the point is that I seldom took math period seriously. I often spent math class doodling something in my notebooks, at least on those occasions that I had a pen.
On one such math class, Alix caught me and a classmate (you know who you are…) passing around a hand-drawn comic strip in class. (During my high school days, I often spent my free energy drawing such small strips about classroom happenings, particularly in the second year. Alas, none of the aforementioned high-school artworks have survived. But I digress.) I got a severe tongue-lashing for that one, something along the lines of “No matter how good you are at math, you can’t just goof off in class.” I felt quite bad about the incident, not only because I got to eat some humble pie in front of the class, but mostly because I felt like I had disappointed the guy. It’s not that I don’t goof off in other classes, I certainly do; but I felt that Alix expected more of me, since for some reason he believed me to be a good student. I didn’t have the nerve to respond or apologize to him about this, I just took my tongue-lashing in silence. I wish I had told him I was sorry. I realize this is such a small, trivial matter, but God knows I like to obsess over small, trivial matters.
In any case, cheers to you sir Alix, wherever you may be. I don’t spend much time with the other alumni, but over the past few days, I’ve seen the news of your passing spread through the online Pisay alumni community quickly, and many are planning to be there Friday. Rest well, sir Alix, and know that your students look back at you fondly.
I went to the dentist yesterday (irrelevant), and at National Bookstore Shangri-la, I found a copy of The Waste Lands, a day after I blogged about looking for it! They also had a copy of the fourth book Wizard and Glass, but I only had enough cash for one.
Spent some cash this weekend. First thing was a 256 Mb Kingston flash drive. Nothing too complicated, just something to transfer MP3s to and from work with. =)
Next up was a digital camera. A Kodak CX6330 to be exact. We had been planning to buy one for a while. Pics? Not now. Funny story though. There was this promo where we could get a P5000 discount (less than US$100) if we could show a receipt for P200 worth of Pampers (a local brand of baby diapers)…so I had to explain to people why in the world I was carrying around some diapers…
Check this out:
(Edit 04-Feb-06: This is now a dead link. The image used to hold a google job ad on a billboard that was obviously aimed at developers.)
- Well, not exactly. But I am now 25, in any case. Looking back, there are many
things I might have regretted, but my life philosphy tells me that there can be
no regrets. The past is past, and the future is yet to come. Somehow, I’m only
a few steps closer towards achieving my lifetime goals, but my gut tells me to
keep on dreaming. Such is the folly of a dreamer.
- In case you’re wondering, my lifetime goals include becoming an accomplished
indie game developer, and world domination. There are more, but these are the
ones that are most constant. Yes, I’m serious about the world domination part!
- Anyway, I’m glad I finally got some free time. Work’s been a bitch lately,
but I had to call in sick today due to an unfortunate (or fortunate?) case of LBM.
Filipinos in the audience know what I’m talking about. Truth be told I would’ve
taken the slightest excuse to get off work. It’s better to be absent
today since the workload is rather light while we’re waiting for the UAT results,
rather than being absent when we have to cram for deadlines. Gee, I wonder if my
officemates are reading this. ^_^
- I installed Civilization III, and told myself, “Gee, I guess
I’ll try it out for an hour or so.” I didn’t stop for six hours.
So much for getting anything done over the weekend.
- Luckily (or not), my being awake those six hours of early morning
allowed me to catch some late-breaking news. Apparently, disgruntled
young officers of the not-so-prestigious Armed Forces of the Philippines
had taken control of some building in Makati, laying bombs and stuff
around and with snipers on the roof and all. Not sure, what’s going
on, but hey, at least it’s never boring in good old RP.
- There seem to be quite a number of broken links around here.
I’ll get around to fixing them soon. Maybe.
- Curses, I ate up my quota of email bandwidth from
Softhome again. Now I have to wait
’til August before I can check that address again.
- Apparently, this website is now named “roywantsmeat”, after my
battle.net account. If I ever get a domain name, that’s what I would
- Free time…that’s something I haven’t had in a while. Work is tough right now, as we’ve got a big deadline coming up in August. I’ve been putting in 10-12-hour days on a regular basis over the past couple of weeks or so, so I barely have any time to do anything. (Except for a few quick games of
The Frozen Throne (yay!) before going to bed of course.)
- Of course, the other reason I haven’t updated this thing in a fairly long while is that my PC broke down! And since it was past the automatic replacement period, I had to wait for three weeks while PC Express ordered replacement parts. I was irritated at PC Express for most of those three weeks, as being without computer leaves me without a healthy outlet for my stress from work. I’m not bad about the PC having problems per se, I’m fairly sure it’s currently impossible to make 100% defect-free electronics. What I’m particularly pissed at was the poor customer service. Their phone lines are almost always busy, their testing of components was not done properly (it was only after they replace the mobo and the power supply that they found out that it was a faulty hard drive that caused the problem, forcing me to have to wait another three weeks for a replacement drive…but I just went out and bought a new one anyway…) and it’s hard to get to them because of their office hours, and…I could go on and on. I guess the distinct disadvantage of buying from cheaper stores is that the customer service is poorer. Or maybe I’m just unlucky. In any case, my next PC will be an Intel one, this time I’ll probably buy one of those pre-assembled “Package” PCs from a mall outlet, just to have a basis of comparison.
- New mailing list! RPG-Skies
- Am tired, more later.